543. Paddington

543-paddingtonBackground info

Title: Paddington
Director: Paul King
Year: 2014
Run time: 1hr 35m

“Adapted from Michael Bond’s beloved books, Paddington follows the comic misadventures of a polite young Peruvian bear with a passion for all things British, who travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he begins to realise that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kind Brown family, who read the label around his neck and offer him a temporary haven. But little do the Browns realise just how much comic mayhem one young bear will bring to their family life.”

Live blog

1:06 – “Modest time piece and travel piano.”
8:45 – It’s impossible that they could not like bears.
12:37 – Eek, pigeons are awful.
14:26 – Mr Brown, grumpy but polite in the best fashion.
17:44 – It really is coming down in stair rods.
20:52 – You can’t joke with the insurance people.
23:31 – “You’ve literally just brought home a random bear.”
27:11 – The boy has an epic mural on his wall. Planet!
31:18 – Nicole Kidman not even pretending to be anything other than Cruella.
33:25 – Jungle music.
38:26 – Tiny police bear.
44;46 – They turned him into Bungle!
49:45 – Love Paddington’s hard stare! Well done too.
54:28 – “Raucous all night picnics.”
1:06:26 – Mrs Bird is fab. “There, I’ve said my piece.”
1:19:57 – Just to clarify, Paddington is doing a Mission Impossible wall climb with two dustbusters?
1:26:56 – “I may not be like other people, but that’s alright.”

Conclusions

I, like many, was skeptical of this live action Paddington movie, bringing to life that bear of so many years ago. I love bears and I love Paddington and early trailers had me worried about this CGI creation that couldn’t possibly do justice to the bear I know and love.

Except it really and truly did. It took a little while to get used to but it was fabulous. Ben Whishaw had exactly the right tone of wonder, naivety but stubbornness that you expect from Paddington. The Brown family were all exactly as they should be, and Julie Walters was brilliant. It was funnier than I’d thought it would be, and kinda scary in places too, but mostly it was just a joy to watch. And I bought it so that I can watch it again, too.

Rating: 5/5.

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